'When people say England, they sometimes mean Great Britain,sometimes the United Kingdom, sometimes the British Isles - but never England.
' How to be an Alien' by George Mikes.Why is England or the UK sometimes called Britain?
is sometimes, wrongly, used in reference to the whole United Kingdom,
the entire island of Great Britain (or simply Britain), or indeed the
British Isles. This is not only incorrect but can cause offence to
people from other parts of the UKWhat is Great Britain?
Great Britain is the official name given to the two kingdoms of England and Scotland , and the principality of Wales
History of the making of the UK 1536
- Act of Union joins England and Wales1707
- Act of Union unites Scotland and England, together with Wales to form the Kingdom of Great Britain
- The Irish Parliament voted to join the Union. The then Kingdom of Great Britain becomes the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
- Name changed to United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
, when most of the Southern counties in Ireland choose independence.